Schlaich bergermann partner (sbp), a stuttgart-based construction company with offices in paris, berlin, new york city, shanghai, são Paulo and madríd as well as the new york-based architecture and urban planning office Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) were selected, to lead the design of a new bridge connecting Indianapolis’s 16th Tech Innovation District to the city’s existing medical and educational research corridor.
Described in a press release as the new “architectural centerpiece” of the city, the $ 14.5 million bridge will cross Fall Creek from 10th Street and Riley Hospital Drive and adjacent neighborhoods with the 16-acre tech campus and the Connect downtown Indianapolis. The future side can be seen in the flyover video below.
The mixed-use 16 Tech Innovation District is a $ 500 million live work innovate community on the outskirts of downtown Indianapolis in the historic Riverside district. It will include office, creative, retail and residential space as well as open parks and a park network of pedestrian / cycle paths. In addition to the bridge itself, sbp and the project team will also monitor the “schematic drafts for signature entrances” and the wayfinding during the entire 16 tech development.
As AN reported in June, sbp joined an impressive selection of six companies in total to lead the bridge project, which also included MVRDV, Snøhetta, NADAA, Behnisch Architects and Kennedy & Violich Architecture.
“Sbp has assembled a cohesive and diverse team that brings together engineering, architectural design and community innovation,” said Bob Coy, President and CEO of 16 Tech, in a statement. “The sbp team shares our vision to create a symbol of innovation in downtown Indianapolis and we look forward to working together.”
In addition to sbp and PAU, the project team will include the involvement of a wide variety of companies and organizations, many of which are locally based and more than half of which are owned or managed by women and / or BIPOC and disadvantaged people. These include the Circle Design Group (Indianapolis); People for Urban Progress / PUP (Indianapolis, women-owned organization); Shrewsberry & Associates (Indianapolis, MBE, DBE); CTL Engineering (Indianapolis, MBE); Martha Schwartz Partners (New York, WBE); Synnov Group (Chicago, MBE, WBE, DBE); and Moniteurs Communication Design (Berlin, women-owned company).
The nine-month design process is slated to begin early next year with a full engagement for the community. Construction of the bridge, which is funded in part by the City of Indianapolis and a grant from Indianapolis-based Lily Endowment, Inc., is expected to be completed in late 2023.
Indianapolis-based architecture and design firm Synthesis Incorporated acted as the owner’s agent for the bridge selection process, while the Columbus Design Institute, the technical services arm of the nonprofit Landmark Columbus Foundation, acted as design consultant.
Chaired by 16 tech board members Marya Rose, vice president and chief administrative officer of Cummins Inc., the selection committee consisted of Matt Shaw, former AN editor-in-chief; Shin-pei Tsay, director of politics, cities and transportation for Uber; Sara Zewde, founding director of Studio Zewde; and several local leaders, including Vop Osili, an architect and president of Indianapolis City-County Council; Dan Parker, director of public works for Indianapolis; and Adam Thies, vice president of capital planning and facilities at Indiana University.
“I am very excited about the start of the 16-Tech Bridge design and that the communities at 16 Tech have an active voice in the process,” said Osili. “The sbp team has shown a clear commitment to community engagement and diversity in its overall project approach, and the design process will involve the surrounding communities so that the neighbors are heard and welcomed in the end product.”